The Unemployment Rate Is Dropping -- Except For Discouraged Workers

04/11/2011 02:09 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2011

Some 6.3 million people have been out of work and looking for a job for more than six months. The employment-to-population ratio is lower than it was when the recession ended as companies have been slow to add to payrolls. And big sources of hiring in the past -- government, health care and retailing -- may not be able to reprise that role in the future as lawmakers limit outlays and consumers curb spending.

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